This [book] earned considerable praise from intelligent readers
This [book] enjoyed considerable praise from intelligent readers, who were astonished by the novelty of its subject matter, but there was no lack of malicious, evil critics who attacked it with sarcastic arguments and many attempted corrections. All of these, however, were stupid or obtuse.
So said Athanasius Kircher of one of his own books. The 17th century German Jesuit was an astonishing polymath with an opinion on everything from China to microbes to fossils to volcanoes to giraffes to Noah’s Ark, and, it is said, was the inventor of a cat piano that used the miaows of cats with pins stuck in their tails. You can read more about him here: